Cobblestones Thursday Patio Parties

Weekly Summer Patio Parties at Cobblestones


Every Thursday

5pm – ’til Lauren says so!

Dress Code: Summer Patio

(Bring Your Own Vegetables from the garden!)

Middlesex Community College Offers Computer Forensics Program

Enroll now for Middlesex Community College’s Computer Forensics degree program. Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 9, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Computer crimes have increased dramatically, creating a need for qualified, trained personnel. MCC’s Computer Forensics degree program is designed to provide the education and training needed to begin successful careers as computer forensics analysts, examiners and specialists in private and local, state and federal agencies.

Coursework includes learning about the principles, procedures, techniques, and hardware and software tools used to collect, investigate and analyze digital evidence related to criminal investigations. Hands-on training is provided in MCC’s state-of-the-art digital forensics laboratory on the Lowell campus.

Students completing the program may choose to immediately enter the field or continue their studies in a four-year degree program. To learn more or to apply, visit or call 1-800-818-3434.

Panel launches UMass Lowell Chancellor Search

Search Committee begins search for new UMass Lowell Chancellor

Committee moves quickly to launch process, promises to maintain “leadership excellence”

LOWELL – The Committee charged with conducting the search for a new Chancellor began its work today saying it would seek to maintain UMass Lowell’s “standard of leadership excellence” and by taking steps intended to get the process off to a fast start.

The Search Committee scheduled campus forums that will take place June 24, hired a higher education executive recruitment firm to help guide the search and made plans to advertise the position in national higher education publications.

“We intend to conduct a search that mirrors UMass Lowell itself, which is to say a process that will be distinguished by its focus, commitment and excellence,” said R. Norman Peters, co-chairman of the 24-member search panel.

The Committee met the day after the UMass Board of Trustees voted it into existence and charged it with assisting in the process of selecting a successor to UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, who will become president of the five-campus UMass system on July 1.

Victor Woolridge, chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees, thanked the members of the Committee for agreeing to serve, and said: “We are looking for a strong, passionate leader who can articulate and follow through on a vision for UMass Lowell that enables the campus to carry out its special mission by continuing to develop excellence in its teaching, research and service endeavors.”

“You know UMass Lowell well,” Chairman Woolridge told Committee members, “you understand its history and traditions, you understand where it has been and where it is going and you have high hopes for its future. You know that UMass Lowell helps define the region and our state and will help to define the future.

The Committee consists of UMass Lowell faculty, students, administrators and alumni, as well as representatives from the Lowell community, members of the UMass Board of Trustees and other UMass officials.

John Pulichino, a UMass Lowell graduate, honorary degree recipient and the chairman and CEO of Group III International Ltd., was named co-chairman of the Search Committee. “The Committee understands the tall order of seeking the most qualified person for the job while maintaining the incredible momentum of the campus,” said Pulichino. “We have the right people on the Committee, with strong representation from the very faculty and alumni who have helped build that momentum.”

The Boston-based recruitment firm, Isaacson, Miller was selected to assist in the search.

The Search Committee’s role is to select finalist candidates and advance those finalists to the President, who makes a recommendation to the Board of Trustees, which then votes on the President’s recommendation.

“We are seeking a leader who will take what is already an outstanding public research university and bring it to even higher levels of accomplishment and acclaim,” Chancellor Meehan said. “I have every confidence that this Committee will execute its charge with diligence and excellence, and find the right person to be the next leader of UMass Lowell.”

“We should cast a wide net and find the very best candidates – those who seek the challenge and honor of leading this campus. We should also move forward expeditiously as a new semester and new academic year are not far away,” Chancellor Meehan added.

Under Chancellor Meehan’s leadership, the Lowell campus has achieved impressive gains. Enrollment grew 48 percent to more than 17,000 while selectivity and diversity increased; 10 new buildings opened, research more than doubled, and the university gained in national reputation. UMass Lowell is now ranked among the top in the nation for graduates’ return on investment and is one of only six institutions in the country to advance in U.S. News & World Report’s standings every year since 2010.  The university’s 27-spot climb during the last five-year period is among the fastest in the nation.

UMass Lowell Chancellor Search website:

  • Co Chairman: R. Norman Peters, member of the UMass Board of Trustees and founding partner of Peters & Sowyrda
  • Co Chairman: John Pulichino ’67, ’14 (H), chairman and CEO, Group III International Ltd.
  • Lisa Abdallah, chairwoman and associate professor, School of Nursing, UMass Lowell
  • Lawrence Carpman, member of the UMass Board of Trustees and Partner, Northwind Strategies
  • Michael Carter, chairman and associate professor, Department of Economics, and president of the Faculty Senate, UMass Lowell
  • Julie Chen, vice provost for research, UMass Lowell
  • James Christopher, UMass Lowell Student Government Association president
  • Jerry Colella ’78, president and CEO, MKS Instruments
  • Nancy Donahue ’13 (H), community leader and co-founder of Merrimack Repertory Theatre
  • Robert Giles, professor of physics and director, Submillimeter Wave Technology Lab, UMass Lowell
  • Anita Greenwood, dean of the Graduate School of Education, UMass Lowell
  • Charlie Hoff ’66, ’04 (H), chairman, The Hoff Foundation Inc.
  • John F. Kennedy ’70, former president and CFO, Nova Ventures Corp.
  • Margaret Koziel, assistant vice provost of clinical and translational research, UMass Medical School, and co-director of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2)
  • Scott Latham, interim dean of the Manning School of Business, UMass Lowell
  • Charlotte Mandell, vice provost for undergraduate education, UMass Lowell
  • Stephen McCarthy, professor of plastics engineering, UMass Lowell, and co-director of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) and the Center for Irish Partnerships
  • Carol McDonough, professor of economics, UMass Lowell, and president of the Massachusetts Society of Professors Lowell
  • Keith Mitchell, associate professor of English, UMass Lowell
  • Amanda Robinson, student trustee-elect, UMass Lowell
  • Dana Skinner, UMass Lowell director of athletics
  • Kumble Subbaswamy, chancellor, UMass Amherst
  • Marcellette Williams, UMass senior vice president for academic and student affairs and international relations
  • Margaret Xifaras, member of the UMass Board of Trustees and attorney, Law Offices of Lang, Xifaras & Bullard

MCC Offers New Secure Software Development Computer Science Program

Enrollment is now open for Middlesex Community College’s new Computer Science Transfer, Secure Software Development (SSD) Associate in Science degree program. Fall classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 9, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Recently updated and expanded, MCC’s Computer Science Transfer Program now features two tracks. In addition to the original associate in science degree program, the new SSD Concentration opened spring semester.

“It’s no longer good enough to write code,” said Sanaz Rahimi, Professor of Computer Science. “Now, you need to know how to write secure code.”

Intended to prepare students for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in computer science, the new SSD track focuses on developing secure software that performs only its intended functions without the presence of vulnerabilities that hackers or others with malicious intent can exploit.

“Security of the nation’s computer systems and infrastructure is a critical and rapidly growing field,” said Rahimi. The U.S. Department of Labor projects there will be approximately 43,700 new jobs for computer/software programmers by 2020, she added.

MCC’s new SSD Concentration conforms to the framework for cybersecurity education developed jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security. Program curriculum was developed with guidance from MCC’s Information Technology Advisory Board, which includes cybersecurity professionals from organizations such as Mitre Corp. and MIT Lincoln Labs.

Program development was funded by a grant from BATEC (Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections), a national center of excellence for computing and information technologies, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

For more information about MCC’s new Computer Science Transfer, Secure Software Development (SSD) Program, contact Don Brady, Assistant Dean of Health & STEM, at

UMass Lowell Students to Race Concrete Canoe in National Contest

UMass Lowell students will race a concrete canoe they designed and constructed in the championship round of a national collegiate engineering contest for the second time in three years.

Students landed the national berth in the annual Concrete Canoe Competition after winning the New England regional round of the contest in April, beating out collegiate rivals from throughout the Northeast and Canada.

The UMass Lowell team now heads to Clemson University in South Carolina for the contest’s finals, to be held June 20 through June 22. The event will include teams from 22 universities across North America and is organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Students will load the concrete canoe into a truck with the goal of transporting it safely from UMass Lowell to the host site – a feat in itself. Before they do, they will display the canoe, explain how they built it and why it floats, and talk about what they will need to do to win the national title.

The canoe weighs 130 pounds and measures 19 feet, 10 inches in length and 27 inches at its widest point and is 13.9 inches deep. At nationals, the canoe will be judged on its engineering, design and construction quality; students’ oral and written presentations on how teammates conducted their work; and how the canoe performs in men’s, women’s and co-ed races. To qualify to race, the canoe must first pass a “swamp test” that demonstrates it can rise to the water’s surface after being submerged while weighed down by 50 pounds of sandbags.

Leading the team is Maureen Kelly of Ashburnham. Her teammates are from Ashland, Barre, Billerica, Canton, Clinton, Dracut, Haverhill, Holliston, Lowell, Lynn, Methuen, Millis, Natick, North Grafton, Pepperell, Plymouth, Quincy, Saugus, Tyngsborough, Westford and Woburn. Derry, N.H., resident Gary Howe, a UMass Lowell graduate who works for the university’s College of Engineering, is the team’s faculty adviser.

Explore Your Child’s Artistic Side with MCC’s College for Kids

Middlesex Community College’s College for Kids summer programs are designed to provide kids, ages 8 to 15, with fun and challenging opportunities explore careers, gain new knowledge, develop new skills and boost their self-confidence. College for Kids runs July 6 through Aug. 13, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses and it’s not too late to register!

Most College for Kids programs are offered Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – with some exceptions, including half-day programs. All programs are taught by public school teachers or by professionals who are experts in their field and have experience working with children.

This year there are programs that can help your children explore their artistic side, including “Books, Books, Books.” In this week-long program, children ages 10-15, will make their favorite book come alive through multi-media activities, including writing a play, making a comic, starting a blog or designing a T-shirt.

Explore the writing process with the “Experience Writing” program. This week-long program for children ages 8-12, will help participants gain a stronger grasp of grammar concepts, creative writing techniques, and essay formats. Students will approach the writing process with daily adventurous road trips and experiences.

A new program offering is “Improvisation.” In this week-long program for children ages 10 to 15, students will explore the fundamentals of improvisation – including quick wit and physical comedy – by developing support, trust, and confidence through a variety of fun theater games and movement exercises.

Explore texture, style and design of clothing in “Fashion Design.” This program helps students develop their own style and express individual creativity. Each student will receive an original gown donated by a local bridal shop to transform. At the end of the program, students will display their creations in a fashion show.

For the complete MCC College for Kids schedule and registration information, visit or call 1-800-818-3434.

Dunstable Summer Concerts

13th Annual Dunstable Summer Concerts
Every Wednesday night 6:30 – 8:30p.m. on the Dunstable town common rte.113
Rain Date, next night (Thursday)
Food Available from the Common Chefs

June 17th Music from the and 50’s, 60’s, 70’s
The Old Enuff To Know Better Band
June 24th Rock with The Rampage Trio
July 1st Sounds of the 60’s The Transistors
July 8th Hollis Town Band Big band sounds (Hoop About)
July 15th Back 2 Back Rock (Vehicle Night)
July 22th The Bel Airs Doo Wop
July 29th American Roots & Blues Brian Templeton
August 5th The 45’s Music of the 60’s (Public Safety Night)

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MCC’s College for Kids Offers Exciting Opportunities for Children

There is still time to register for Middlesex Community College’s College for Kids summer programs. These programs are designed to provide children with fun and challenging opportunities to explore careers, gain new knowledge, develop new skills, and boost self-confidence. Programs are offered for children ages 8 to 15 and run July 6 through Aug. 13 on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

One of the most popular College for Kids programs is “Children’s Theater.” This program has become so popular that it is offered as the only three-week program. Participants learn all aspects of theater production and choose the roles they want to play, taking into account their own skills and interests. The program culminates in a student performance.

The program will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 6 – 24, at Lowell High School’s Burgoyne Theater, 40 Page St., Lowell. This year, students will perform a production of “Shrek the Musical, Jr.”  Final productions are scheduled for July 24 and 25.

To learn more about MCC’s College for Kids summer program, or for a complete schedule of all camps and registration information, visit or call 1-800-818-3434.

Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate more than 13,000 students annually on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, and online. MCC offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses. At Middlesex, everyone teaches, everyone learns.

Lowell General Hospital Recognizes Exceptional Leaders

Lowell General Hospital recognizes exceptional leaders whose extraordinary contributions consistently make a difference throughout the hospital’s community as part of its Cupola Award Recipient Program. Employees nominate their managers and supervisors based on their outstanding leadership qualities and abilities to meet the hospital’s Standards of Performance and dimensions of Complete connected care.

Lowell General Hospital’s 2015 Cupola Award Recipients are:

  • Mary Burke, Supervisor, Patient Access
  • Julie Grace, PT, DPT, Manager, Rehabilitation Services
  • Kerri Legrand, Supervisor, Dietary Services
  • Gayle Rua, Supervisor, Telecommunications
  • Melissa Silva, BSN, RN, CNML, Clinical Manager, Dahod 3

Mary Burke of Billerica is the supervisor of Patient Access and has been with Lowell General Hospital for 16 years. Mary is known for being supportive, understanding, approachable, resourceful and trustworthy. Her staff explains that she provides a confidence boost for them, making them feel like there’s nothing they cannot accomplish and that she truly cares about them.

Julie Grace, PT, DPT of Maynard is the manager of Rehabilitation Services and has worked at Lowell General for 14 years. She has overseen exponential growth and the opening of the hospital’s Rehabilitation Services facility in Chelmsford, MA. Her staff describes her as having a calm and reassuring manner as a manager, leading by example with an upbeat and can-do attitude.

Kerri Legrand of Lowell is the supervisor of Dietary Services and has been with Lowell General Hospital for 14 years. Her staff compliments Kerri on her ability to do everything she can to make patients happy. She works to create a comfortable environment that allows staff to be open with her and co-workers. Kerri is described as having a great way about her that makes staff feel like they always have someone to talk to while they are at work.

Gayle Rua of Lowell is the supervisor of the Telecommunications Department and has been at Lowell General for 34 years. Gayle is a great leader and is proud to supervise her team. She makes sure her staff knows that she is always just a phone call away. Gayle encourages her staff to speak their mind and develop their skills through various educational opportunities.

Melissa Silva, BSN, RN, CNML of Dunstable is the Clinical Manager of Dahod 3 and has been with Lowell General for 15 years. Melissa strives for excellence in her own performance as both a clinician and manager. She constantly works with her staff to find ways to improve patient safety, quality of care and patient satisfaction on her unit. Melissa exemplifies Complete connected care to patients and staff, always responding with grace and poise.

Greater Lowell Health Alliance to Address the State of Mental Health Services

LOWELL, MA – June 3, 2015 — The Greater Lowell Health Alliance ( ), State Representative Thomas A. Golden, and local, regional and state leaders invite the public to attend a Mental Health Roundtable Discussion to address the state of mental health services in the region.

The roundtable will be held Friday, June 5, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Lowell Community Health Center, 161 Jackson St., Lowell.

“The most recent Greater Lowell Community Health Needs Assessment identified mental health and substance abuse issues as among the most urgent unmet needs threatening the health and quality of life in our region,” said Kerrie D’Entremont, Executive Director of the Greater Lowell Health Alliance. “This roundtable is a critical step in the important discussion on how we can work together to address this crisis in our communities.”

Presenters at the roundtable include clinicians, social workers, and administrators from Greater Lowell mental health providers, schools, social services, and the criminal justice system.

The roundtable discussion will include issues and concerns raised by mental health outpatient clinics and providers in a recent survey, including waitlists for clients seeking mental health services and medication management; difficulty hiring and retaining qualified staff; language barriers; lack of communication among providers, resulting in duplication of services; and intensity of cases requiring extended time.

Providers are seeking to work with legislators and other providers to facilitate changes to ensure quality, accessible outpatient services to those in need.

The Greater Lowell Health Alliance–comprised of healthcare providers, business leaders, educators, civic and community leaders–plays a critical role in helping individuals and organizations collaboratively improve the health of Greater Lowell region. By raising awareness and providing resources, the Alliance empowers community organizations to make decisions and take actions that will lead to an improvement in the region’s health.

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